Northrop Grumman Wins $1.31B AFLCMC Contract in Support of LITENING Advanced Targeting Pod

Northrop Grumman Systems has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, worth $1.31 billion, for sustainment, modernization, production, and development of the LITENING advanced targeting pod.

The firm‐fixed-price, cost-reimbursable contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. This contract is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2023.

LITENING Advanced Targeting Pod

Northrop Grumman’s widely fielded AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING system is a combat proven, self-contained, multi-sensor targeting and surveillance system.

LITENING enables aircrews to detect, acquire, auto-track and identify targets at long ranges for weapon delivery or nontraditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. LITENING’s 1K FLIR, 1K charged-coupled device (CCD), laser imaging sensors, advanced image processing and digital video output provide superior imagery, allowing aircrews to identify and engage targets under a wide range of battlefield conditions.

The pod is currently flown by the U.S. Marine Corps, all components of the U.S. Air Force, and international customers. The latest configuration, LITENING G4, is authorized for export to NATO countries.

Milestones completed:

• More than two million hours flown, including more than 800,000 combat flight hours
• Greater than 97% availability
• Integrated on the C-130, F-16, A-10, AV-8B, B-52, EA-6B, F-15E and F/A-18 C/D.
• More than 500 LITENING G4 pods delivered
• More than 800 pods total delivered

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